Etched Wooden Spoons

Hello Lovely,

Inspired by this project, I thought it would be interesting to see what super simple designs — dots, plaids and hatched arrows — looked like on etched wooden spoons. And they turned out so great, I thought they’d make a gorgeous gift!

Since I had never tried one before, I found it fascinating to work with the etcher — it’s a whole different way to alter an object. And you guys are lucky, because after my experience with these projects I can offer some advice. As a warning, it does get crazy hot and can 1) burn skin, 2) burn a whole through clothing and 3) make burn marks on anything it comes into contact with. So please be careful! That said, don’t be intimidated. It was actually really easy to work with. Just be careful, and when you aren’t actively using it, rest it on a surface that won’t burn. And of course, make sure to unplug it when you have finished your etched wooden spoons.

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SUPPLIES TO MAKE YOUR ETCHED WOODEN SPOONS:

Wooden utensils - I bought mine from Amazon
– Etching tool. A basic 12 dollar investment, that got great reviews and I think I’ll be able to use it ton. You could even share it among your crafty friends.

Heat up the etching tool and get to burning. Any design will do.

The best part of it is, you can doodle anywhere you want! Unlike with paint (which isn’t typically food safe), the design can continue onto the the parts of the utensil that will come in contact with food. Draw on the handle. Draw on the head. Draw on the whole thing! Dots, lines, hatch marks. The sky is the limit.

DIY Glitter Monogrammed Gift Tag

Hello Lovely,

With only 12 days until Christmas, I’m sure some of you have already started wrapping your gifts. I’m hoping you haven’t because today I’m sharing a quick and easy craft that is going to instantly elevate ANY gift you’re giving this holiday season. I’m kicking off the 12 days of Christmas with a custom gift tag that is so simple, yet so chic.They were super easy to make and affordable too!

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Here’s what you’ll need to make the letters:

  • Glitter

  • Foam Brushes or regular paintbrushes

  • Cardboard or a file folder

  • 2 Inch Printable Letters A-H I-P Q-Z

  • Sharpie

  • Scissors

  • Glue

And here is how I made the letters:

  1. Start by printing out the letters. Each sheet has two of each letter. Cut out the letters you need.

  2. Using a sharpie, trace the letters onto your cardboard or file folder. The cardboard is sturdier but a file folder will work just as well.

  3. You don’t have to, but I shaded in each letter just in case I didn’t get complete coverage with the glitter.

  4. Spread your letters out on a clean work surface, that you can easily lift to the garbage once you’re done. Using one of your brushes, apply the glue to your letters one at a time. Sprinkle the glitter carefully over each letter and allow to dry for 10 minutes. Then shake off excess.

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And that’s it! That’s all it takes! Here they are on my presents! I still added a gift tag but you don’t have to. So there you have it!  Super easy DIY glitter lettered gift tags! How are you wrapping up the holidays?

DIY No Sew Baby Headband

Hello Lovely,

Ever since my niece was born I've been obsessed with her and finding ways to make her smile and laugh. It was rough at first because she really didn't want anyone to hold her other than her mother, but since she started nursery, she's not afraid to go to anyone and I now have more freedom to take photos of her and do fun things. One of the things I couldn't wait to do for her was this cute DIY from A Beautiful Mess. I made a version of the Daisy Trim using a Sunflower trim. Instead of cutting it and applying it to an elastic trim, I added snaps on the ends to hold it together and the headband simply slides on her head comfortably. But I still included the steps for how to make three versions of the no sew baby headband.

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Supplies:
ruched elastic
daisy trim
-stretch knit fabric (medium weight)
star trim
1/4″ elastic trim
rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat
-fabric scissors
quick dry fabric glue or glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Daisy Trim: Cut a strip of ruched elastic that is 1/2″ longer than your baby’s head circumference. Use a flowered trim (like that daisy trim) and cut each flower apart to make a quick appliqué pattern. Attach 3-4 flowers together in a cluster a few inches to the right or left of the centre of your ruched elastic and space another single flower an inch or so in both directions. Use a generous amount of your fabric glue (or use a hot glue gun) to stack and attach the elastic ends together in the back to complete the headband loop. Let the glue set and you’re ready to try it on!
  2. Head Wrap: For this headband, use your rotary cutter to cut a strip of fabric that is 5″ wide and 1/2″ longer than your baby’s head circumference. Fold your long edges in towards the middle and use your fabric glue or hot glue gun to attach one edge over the other, creating a long flattened tube.Stuff one end of your tube into the opening at the other end and glue them together. Cut a small strip of fabric that’s 3/4″ wide and 3″ long and fold and glue the long edges inwards like you did with the larger headband. Fold your smaller tube around the enter front of your headband (seam side inward on both pieces) and trim the smaller piece shorter, depending on how much of a gather you like in your headband. Repeat the process of stuffing one end of your small tube into the other end and gluing together like you did with the bigger piece and your headband is ready to wear!
  3. Starry Eyed: For this headband, cut a piece of decorative trim that is 2″ shorter than your baby’s head circumference. Cut a piece of 1/4″ elastic that is 1.5″ long and generously glue the elastic to both ends of the trim to complete the loop. That’s it! This one really showcases a pretty piece of trim as the star (no pun intended), so you can really use any trim you like and you may be able to find a coloured elastic that matches to help it look seamless as well.
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Notes: Just keep in mind that you may have to do a little glue/fabric testing to make a no-sew headband that won’t fall apart as soon as you put it on your baby. There are definitely fabrics that glue really well and strongly to each other and some that don’t, so I would do a little test gluing with scraps to make sure your fabrics create a tight seal. Hot glue tends to work on a larger variety of supplies, so try that if the fabric glue doesn’t hold. If you use fabric glue, you should be able to wash the headbands in cold water, although if you have a really delicate trim I may just spot treat as needed. And as always, make sure your headband isn’t too tight! I know it sucks to remake something if it’s too small, but everyone will be happier if baby’s headband isn’t squeezing them uncomfortably.

DIY Peppermint Bath Salts

Hello Lovely,

Peppermint Bath Salts are a great way to unwind after a long day at work. Whether you’re bathing solo or with your significant other, bath salts are relaxing and great way to put someone in the mood! Apart from the romantic benefits of bath salts, peppermint is a stimulating scent and is known to help reduce headaches, and would be a great natural help for cold and flu symptoms also.

These bath salts lack a lot of the chemicals and preservatives that you would find in a jar from the store. You could buy these at the local bath and body store and pay $10-$15 a jar but making them at home drops your cost significantly. Make several batches and use them as gifts for co-workers, bestie or even your kid’s teacher as a thank you for putting up with your kid daily. Be a little selfish and make one for yourself too while you’re at it.

You will need:

·        1 ½ cups Epsom salts

·        ½ cup sea salt

·        peppermint essential oil

·        red food colouring

Directions:

Combine salt, Epsom salts, and peppermint essential oil-to your desired scent strength, in a bowl.  If you wish to add colour to create the look of peppermint-remove half the Epsom salt mixture from the bowl and set aside.

Add a few drops of red or pink food colouring to the remaining half and stir- continue adding until you reach your desired colour.

Layer white and red Epsom salt mixture into jar.  Alternating colours until full.

To use:

Scoop ½ cup of Peppermint Bath salts into hot bathtub.

NOTE: These would be pretty in a mason jar as well. Don’t forget a ribbon and handmade tag for the recipient.

 

DIY Ghoulish Glow Liquid Hand Soap

DIY Ghoulish Glow Liquid Hand Soap

You only need 5 ingredients to make your own all natural hand soap. And the best part is that it can easily be customised with your favourite scent just by adding your favourite essential oils. Check out the tutorial below to learn how to make your own just in time for Halloween!

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DIY Gold Edge Painted Business Cards

Hello Lovely,

After sharing my interest in this find last week, I couldn't wait to get started on this project! It really it so quick and easy, but don't take any detail for granted when prepping for this! Edge painting can really bring a business card to life. When I got my business cards done, I was absolutely in love with them! I didn't think they could look any better! 

But I was inspired to give them an edge and this project is so easy, it really only takes about 5 minutes, including drying time! All you have to do is simply stack the cards (cover the top and bottom of the cards with a piece of paper to take the brunt of the paint), place a heavy object on top and spray the edges with gold spray paint. After letting them dry for 3 minutes they were ready to go and the finished effect is just what was needed to complete the right look.

My only regret is that I didn't paint my nails before doing this, and I didn't have painters tape to ensure no residue got on the main card area. So try to keep some on hand before you start painting!